Hi guys, sorry to disappear on you this week! My computer cord charger broke so I couldn’t charge my laptop. I ordered one off Amazon that was a bust and didn’t charge, so now I’m waiting for a new replacement. I’m using an old laptop that is basically on it’s last leg too :/
Rather than the typical favorites this week, I thought I’d just share some random thoughts I have this week.
Favorite Baby Apps
I have two baby apps that I love. One, called Baby Nursing, is great for a mothers sanity. It helps record wet/dirty diapers, sleep schedules, breastfeeding time and duration (and which breast), weight/length, ounces pumped, and bottles fed. It’s like my own Camryn spreadsheet. But it kills my battery since I use it to much. I also love the Wonder Weeks app, which helps identify when the babies go through their “leaps” (basically a big milestone and change in cognitive development) so mom’s can be on the lookout for signs and personality changes. I also just downloaded Baby Sparks to help explain more milestone stuff but also offer ideas for entertaining and playing with the baby.
Cam has her first flight next week (!!). We’re flying up to Rhode Island and then driving to Maine. Eeeek I’m so nervous about it. My plan is to feed her before takeoff (even during takeoff if needed) and pray that the air pressure doesn’t bother her too much. I need to call the airlines to verify everything I’m bringing is ok. Does anyone know if a diaper bag counts against your allotted carry on items?
I love being at home with Cam, don’t get me wrong. But it’s almost like I miss my old identity sometimes- the freedom to just go out to eat for media events or with food bloggers, to just drive to a trail to run and to go hit up a wine bar whenever. Life is not like that right now. It definitely helps to get out and make plans, but not too many plans where I feel overwhelmed. It’s a production to go somewhere – have to try to time it with feeding, make sure the diaper bag is packed, put her in her car seat, pack the stroller in the car, etc.
I do miss my work too. I’m fortunate that I’ve done some freelance writing from home but it’s realllllly hard to balance work with a newborn. I’m kind of itching to get back to a part time work schedule (seeing clients and such), because I feel like that’s part of my identity! I love being a mom but I want to find a way to balance the two. We’re still trying to finalize our childcare time frame so I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing for now!
I ran 4 miles the other day! That is my longest run since probably mid pregnancy. I actually felt pretty good, considering. Dropped Cam at the Y daycare and pounded it out on the treadmill while listening to this podcast.
Also, anyone else love treadmills that do course views? I was running on simulated trails and that helped the time go by so much quicker.
Confession: Sometimes I don’t eat intuitively.
I feel like I’m scarfing food all day long but not really “enjoying” it. Ed has been gone all week which makes things even tougher trying to take care of a baby on my own all day and night. There’s no way I could sit down and enjoy a homemade meal. So I resorted to lots of easy things (oatmeal for dinner), eggs and toast and chicken sausage and cous cous (seriously lived off that this week). My favorite easy meal was tempeh (baked in the oven for 20 minutes) with BBQ sauce over tempeh and veggies.
I know this is a debated topic but I have been cutting down dairy. I haven’t gotten rid of it all together (I really love ice cream). I’ve decided it’s basically impossible for me to avoid it all together but I really have noticed a difference in Cam’s symptoms (less mucousy green poop, tmi?) when I eat less of it. So I don’t know how long this will go but we’ll see. I mean, I gave up alcohol for 9 months during pregnancy so I can do this. I do have the occasional yogurt/ice cream and will be monitoring her symptoms but it’s not worth her uncomfort to me. I’ve found a few non dairy items I really like – this coconut creamer and these ice cream sandwiches! I’ve had the dairy free Halo Top and it’s meh – there’s nothing that can compare to my favorite ice creams.
We have a few things on the agenda today so I better get to it.
Any favorite non dairy treats or foods?
Any tips for flying with a baby?